Public Health

Flu Shot Cost With and Without Insurance - Updated 2024

Jacqueline Slobin
Jacqueline Slobin1 Jan 2024
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The out-of-pocket cost for a flu shot is between $20 and $70. However, the price will vary depending on what kind of flu vaccine you receive. Most insurance companies will cover your flu shot at several pharmacies or urgent care facilities. 

There are several types of flu shots that you may be able to get this year. The most common types of flu shots are the quadrivalent flu vaccine and the high-dose flu vaccine. 

  • The quadrivalent flu vaccine protects against four different flu viruses.
  • The high-dose flu vaccine can be given to adults over 65 to create a more robust immune response and protection against flu viruses.

I Saw Online Flu Shots Are Free? Is It True?

While many pharmacies and medical providers advertise “free” or “no-cost” flu shots (some even provide coupons or rewards), they are only free for those with selected health insurance. The cost of the shots are often paid for either by your insurance or employer which makes it free. 

Is There A Flu + COVID Shot Combo This Year?

There is currently no Flu + COVID combo shot available on the market as of Winter 2023. Moderna announced on October 4, 2023, that its combination vaccine to protect against both COVID-19 and influenza generated a strong immune response in an early-stage study. The vaccine, named mRNA-1083, generated antibodies similar to or greater than currently marketed flu vaccines and was similar to its previous standalone COVID booster shot against the coronavirus. The vaccine appeared to be effective against all four A and B strains of the flu in older adults when compared with widely used flu shots from GSK and Sanofi. The safety data of mRNA-1083 was similar to that of the stand-alone Covid shot, according to Moderna. No new safety concerns were identified with the combination vaccine

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Jacqueline Slobin

Jacqueline graduated from the University of Virginia in 2021 with a B.A. in Global Public Health and is a current M.D. candidate at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Jacqueline has been working for Mira since April 2020 and is passionate about the intersection of public health and medical care.

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